Prime Minister Dean Barrow Sworn In
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has done the unprecedented – led the United Democratic Party to a third consecutive term in office. He was sworn in by Governor-General Sir Colville Young [...]
P.U.P. Leader Francis Fonseca Steps Down
While the PM was taking the oath in Belmopan, in the city, there was stunning news coming from the Opposition and it is the end of an era for Francis [...]
New Leader Will Be Selected at a National Convention
According to Fonseca, his departure will create a vacuum in the leadership of the party that is expected to be filled via a national convention at a time that is [...]
Fonseca Says He Will Not Influence Choice of New Leader
Fonseca’s decision to step down, according to him, was contingent upon the outcome of the general elections and that choice was made prior to November fourth. When asked if he [...]
PM Barrow Salutes Fonseca
When he held his press conference this morning, U.D.P. leader Dean Barrow could not have known that just hours after, leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca would announce his resignation, [...]
Barrow Says G.O.B. Spending Influenced Results of Elections
Any analysis of the election results where the U.D.P.’s success is concerned will be for the political pundits, but certainly perception is that the results were assisted generously by the [...]
PM Gives Credit for Queen Square Victory to Sister B
While Prime Minister can boast an unprecedented and historic third term for the United Democratic Party, he also has bragging rights in Queen Square where he has enjoyed tremendous success. [...]
Barrow Will Select His Cabinet This Weekend
Barrow says that all U.D.P. candidates who were not successful at the polls have messaged him claiming that they are not disheartened and will remain as caretakers in their respective [...]
Rodwell Ferguson is Stann Creek West Area Representative
At news time, a recount is ongoing in Stann Creek West. As the U.D.P. was being swept in office for a third term on Wednesday night, Walter Garbutt prematurely declared [...]
P.U.P. Gain 2 Seats in Belize City
In Belize City, where the disparity in the size of constituencies range from three thousand and eighty-four in Fort George to six thousand three hundred and five registered voters in [...]
Pablo Marin is Victorious in Corozal Bay
In Corozal Bay, Pablo Marin retained his seat in a hotly contested battle. Marin, who served as minister of health, has been battered by a number of scandals in that [...]
Hugo Patt Retains Corozal North Seat
Hugo Patt retained his seat in Corozal North by a margin of four hundred and ninety-three votes ahead of first time runner, David Castillo. On Election Day, the machineries were [...]
P.U.P. 2 – U.D.P. 2 in Orange Walk
When the final official results were released at around eleven Wednesday night, The P.U.P. held on to two seats in Orange Walk – Central and South. The U.D.P. wrested away [...]
P.U.P.’s Ramiro Ramirez Loses Corozal Southeast
Corozal South West and South East divisions were the last to bring in their results. P.U.P.’s Ramiro Ramirez, lost the division to Doctor Angel Campos of the U.D.P. by two [...]
3 Seats for the U.D.P. in Cayo
All eyes were on the Cayo District where in 2012, the P.U.P. came within sixty votes of winning two divisions and general elections. On Wednesday night, Julius Espat easily beat [...]
O.A.S. Praises Belize for Peaceful Elections
An O.A.S. Electoral Observer Mission is wrapping up a visit to Belize. And this afternoon at the Biltmore Plaza, it issued a preliminary report in respect of Wednesday’s elections. According [...]
Boots Wins by Narrow Margin in Port Loyola
Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez help on to Port Loyola, and that area has been a U.D.P. stronghold. But the margin shows that Martinez has lost considerable ground. When the final ballot [...]
Darrell Bradley Reflects on Loss in Caribbean Shores
The Prime Minister has said that in all the results countrywide, he was most surprised by the results in Caribbean Shores, where Darrell Bradley was defeated by Kareem Musa. It’s [...]
United Democratic Party Wins General Elections For Third Consecutive Term
The United Democratic Party will go down in the Belize history books as the first political party to win three consecutive terms in office since Independence. The party has won a majority of the seats in the House of Representatives by a margin of 19 to 12. And while that result may seem comfortable, the race was closer than that. In fact, a difference only of 58 votes in Belize Rural central, 76 votes in Port Loyola and 78 votes in Pickstock gave the UDP the majority it needed to form the government. This morning, the UDP held a press conference and the Prime Minister elect gave his impressions of the election outcome, despite all odds with the Media …..
Here's how that went:
“I want to begin by sincerely thanking the People of Belize for reelecting the United Democratic Party. We were against tremendous odds in terms of the relentless public relations campaign against us, the relentless media campaign against us and I don’t say this I say this in sorrow not in anger and no doubt that is as it should be but I am very glad that we proved can’t say all of you but certainly the vast majority of you in the media so spectacularly wrong. We are positive that we have both the financial and the mental wear it all to overcome the challenges and to record yet another successful term for the United Democratic Party government.
Honorable Dean Barrow Sworn In As Prime Minister Of Belize
Late this evening, Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Belize by the Governor-General His Excellency Sir Colville Young. The brief ceremony was held at the Belize House in Belmopan. The Prime Minister was accompanied by his wife, children, other relatives and supporters. This is Hon. Barrow’s third consecutive term in office and the third time serving as Prime Minister. The other elected representatives are expected to be appointed and sworn-in next week.
Honorable Francis Fonseca Stands Down As Party Leader For PUP
The People’s United Party leader Francis Fonseca will step down from that position. The announcement was made by Fonseca himself today only hours after winning the Freetown division in Belize City. Even though he won his seat, the PUP’s loss at the polls yesterday marked Fonseca’s fourth consecutive loss at the polls as party leader in just one year. Fonseca spoke with the press today and here is what he had to say about his decision.
“Ladies and Gentlemen it has been my distinct, honor and privilege to lead the People’s United Party over the past four years, I think given the result of yesterday’s elections it is right and appropriate that I stand down as the leader of the People’s United Party, I do not intend to do so immediately certainly I want to make sure there is an orderly transition, so I will advise the chairman of the party to ensure what we put in place the structure to ensure that that smooth transition takes place over the next few weeks...
Francis Fonseca Announces His Resignation as PUP’s Party Leader
And while Dean Barrow was being sworn in as Prime Minister for the third time, Francis Fonseca was announcing he would be stepping down as the leader of the People’s United Party. Reporter Hipolito Novelo was at the party’s headquarters for the announcement. HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING “On May 5 2015, Francis Fonseca told Love News […]
3-Time Prime Minister Expresses Gratitude to Family, Voters and the Opposition
General Elections were held in the thirty one divisions around the country with the polls being opened at 7am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. For the first time in Belize’s electoral history there were ninety candidates contesting the 31 seats. In the end, when all votes were cast and ballots counted, the United Democratic Party […]
Elections 2015: 19 Seats for UDP and 11 Seats for PUP
Up to news time this evening, the results for the Stann Creek West constituency are yet to be officially announced by the Elections and Boundaries Department. That is a division that has representation for the PUP via Rodwell Ferguson while the UDP has Walter Garbutt. But notwithstanding that area, there are thirty other divisions to […]
General Elections 2015 Described as Peaceful
Election Watch 2015, organized by Love FM and Love Television, saw at least sixty two correspondents around the country, reporting from every division. Those reports kept the activity on the phone lines and internet channels quite busy since the opening of the polls at 7am. Prior to the elections, the national security forces were already […]
PUP Takes Back Caribbean Shores
For the 2015 General Elections, there were five thousand four hundred and forty voters registered in the Caribbean Shores division and only two candidates vied for the post of Area Representative. At the close of the polls, the amount of voters that turned out to exercise their right, stood at just over sixty five percent […]
Two Areas of Concern Went to the UDP
In yesterday’s election there were several seats that the political enthusiasts were looking at keenly. Two of those areas were the Pickstock and the Belize Rural North divisions. In the Pickstock division, the re-elected representative Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington took a lot of flak surrounding the Belize/Guatemala and there were some concerns that he would not […]
Twenty-two year old Mark Myers, an air condition unit technician of Freetown Road, was remanded into custody when he appeared today before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza and was arraigned on charges of attempted murder, grievous harm and use of deadly means of harm. The charges are in connection with an incident which occurred around 3 a.m. […]
Boledo Vendor Gets Badly Beaten in Northern Belize
Twenty four year old Kevin Salazar is at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being badly beaten earlier this week in Orange Walk Town. Reports are that Salazar, a boledo vendor, was socializing with some friends in the wee hours of Tuesday morning when one of them attacked him with a blunt object hitting him […]
Police News: Stabbing, Robbery and Drugs
25-year-old Brandon Allen was stabbed multiple times on Wednesday. Allen was reportedly in the vicinity of Taylor’s Alley when the incident occurred. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition. Police have since detained one man pending charges. Police investigation continues. Earlier this week, […]
Belize’s superbond yield rose to 10 percent
Bloomberg has announced that Belize’s superbond yield rose by 56 points to 10 percent yesterday afternoon as voters were deciding who would be the next government of Belize. Bonds had been consistently falling in the last two years and the rally is the highest since the security was offered in...
Mark King has parting words for Lake I
UDP’s Mark King is no longer the area representative forLake Independence after experiencing a sound defeat from PUP’s Cordel Hyde. King, who has been in the public spotlight on numerous occasions for his outlandish comments, has once again managed to make the news, this time with a face...
PlusTV denied access to PM Swearing In
Today, following the United Democratic Party’s third consecutive win, the leader of the party, Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow, was sworn in as Prime Minister of the country for the third consecutive term. The swearing in ceremony happened this afternoon at around 3:00 pm at the Governor General’s house in ...
Rodwell Ferguson emerges victor after Stann Creek West recount
Walter Garbut and Rodwell Ferguson were neck and neck in the elections in Stann Creek West. At the end of the counting of the ballots, the returning officer declared UDP Walter Garbutt the victor. However, he had to recant a little later upon the final counts when Ferguson won the final count by 8 votes. UDP’s then demanded a recount which occurred today at Sacred Hearts School in Dangriga. After much deliberation, and arguments over newly rejected ballots, PUP’s Ferguson emerged the winner after Garbutt conceded following that recount.
Small fire at Belmopan Restaurant
There was a small fire at Caladium Restaurant in Belmopan this morning sometime before 9 o’clock. It wasn’t anything major as we understand that one of the stoves caught fire underneath. The proprietors quickly worked at extinguishing the blaze and being as the fire department is just a few yards aw...
Men had false certificates of registration
Mark Rosales and Marcos Basto, two residents of San Pedro, Corozal, who allegedly had false Belizean certificates of registration, were charged with 13 counts of possession of false documents when they appeared today before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. They pled not guilty to the charges. Magistrate R...
Police charge man for Election Day shooting in Belize City
More shots were fired on Election Day, this time in Belize City but no Minister instructed those cops to desist from arresting the man. Malcolm Jamal Myers was charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and grievous harm against Yarde. His vicrtim was 22 year old Trevor Yarde, Juni...
The United Democratic Party is now enjoying a third historic consecutive term in government after the People of Belize elected 20 of its 31 candidates to serve as area representatves across the country. Immediately after it became evident that the victory had been secured, the Prime Minister, Hon. Dean Barrow made his way to Party Headquarters at the foot of the Belchina Bridge where he delivered a victory address.
It was not a formal address but it was one that was delivered straight from the heart. Hon. Barrow firstly expressed that it was a “fantastic privilege to be here as we celebrate this historic achievement .” He went on to thank all the citizens of the country and congratulated all the candidates of the UDP. He explained that the victory could not have been possible had the people not wanted it expressing that the people were hungry for a third term of UDP in office.
He singled out Hon. Michael Finnegan, Patrick Faber, Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez and he placed special praises on Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington. “They had Sedi under constant and relentless assault but in a cool and unruffled manner he said he knew what he was doing based on work and that he would win bigger than last time,” explained the P.M.
UDP secures 20 of 31 seats
The final count as the counting was completed countrywide is that the UDP has increased its mandate. After 11 hours of polling, the UDP came out victorious with 20 of 31 constituencies now being represented by the party.
In the Belize District, Party Leader, Dean Barrow will continue to represent the people of Queen’s Square. Patrick Faber will do the same for the people of Collett. Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez’ will be there for Port Loyola. Michael Finnegan continues to represent Mesopotamia. Tracy Taegar Panton is now the new Area Representative for the Albert Division. Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington will represent the people of Pickstock. Edmond Castro returns for a third consecutive term as the area rep for Belize Rural North. Newcomer Beverly Castillo will represent Belize Rural Central. For the fourth term Manuel Heredia returns to the house as the representative for Belize Rural South.
In the Cayo district there are now 4 UDP representatives in the name of John Saldivar for Belmopan. Rene Montero in Cayo Central. Omar Figueroa remains as the Area Representative for Cayo North. Still undefeated, Erwin Contreras retains his seat as representative for Cayo West.
Wilfred Peter “Sedi” Elrington and the people of the PICKSTOCK DIVISION have done it again. For the last two or three years Sedi has been taking nothing else but bad press. His detractors where relentless. They used every shred of ammunition they had to attack him. Whenever he made a public statement they attacked whatever he said.
Sedi you see, is a well read gentleman. He speaks from an informed position and a position of truth. Sure there may be people who don’t understand what he said but he is consistent in the way he speaks on any given issue. He has always maintained that the people OF THE PICKSTOCK DIVISION support him and he works for the community which supported him on election day.
Wednesday November 4, proved just that. Sedi has the support of the voters of PICKSTOCK, they have his back and want him to represent them in BELMOPAN. Now that we know who the people of Pickstock wants, will they now Stop attacking him, now that he has won a 3-peat?
CCJ orders reparations for Maya in Belize
The Caribbean Court of Justice has ordered that the Government of Belize, which has settled the final appeal of the Maya Land Rights case out of court, make reparations with Maya living in the Toledo District.
The Government of Belize, which has been vilified as a group of ministers without any social conscience toward the Maya people, has once again showed that it respects the wisdom of the High Court judges. For 20 years or so the Maya have been fighting for recognition before international courts, and the courts of Belize. This particular appeal case dates back to 2008 when the late Francis Johnston made an incursion onto farmlands in the Golden Stream Village. The Supreme Court of Belize ruled that Maya do have communal land rights, but the Government decided that it was prudent to appeal that decision at the Court of Appeal. Again Maya Land rights were upheld, but the Appeal Court did not make an order against Government to enforce that. Both sides appealed that decision to the highest court in Belize, the Caribbean Court of Justice. Surprising the nation with its magnanimity, the Government, represented by the Senior Counsel Denys Barrow - who the PUP would have you erroneously believe is being overpaid - announced to the CCJ in its first in-person session in Belize, that an out-of-court settlement had been arrived at. The Government has conceded that their land rights, by virtue of their centuries-old heritage exists, and must be protected. The Government also conceded to consult with the Maya on the best way to protect those rights - enjoyed informally - in a formal system such as a land title system.
Ceremony for the departed held at House of Culture in San Ignacio
A brief ceremony to honor the souls of the departed was held at the San Ignacio House of Culture last Friday. An altar for Merdith Sanz, who was a mid wife and seamstress, was set up as the focal point for the ceremonies last week. A prayer group from the Roman Catholic Church was also present to offer words of praise to the Holy Father.
The typical favorite foods for the departed such as Ixpasha, sweet pumpkin and a variety of fudges were distributed to the visitors. A professor from Galen University, Sherry Gibbs, was also present to witness the gathering of worshipers.
Merdith Sanz was among the first trained mid wives in Belize, who had decided at an early age to follow the footsteps of her mom as a nurse. Born in 1930, Merdith Sanz assisted over a thousand women at child birth, and on one occasion had to do her work by the steps of her house. As a faithful Catholic, Merdith Sanz was a disciplinarian.
Election watch in the Cayo District
The election watch continues in the Cayo Distict as voters from all contesting parties turned out in sporadic numbers to exercise their democratic right. On the line for these elections are hopefuls such as Julius Espat for the People’s United Party in Cayo South and Ralph Huang for the United Democratic Party, Orlando Habet for the PUP in Cayo North East and John August for the UDP as well as Patrick Andrews for the PUP in Belmopan and John Saldivar for the UDP. Other candidates for the 2015 election are Michel Chebat for the PUP in Cayo North and Dr. Omar Figueroa for the UDP.
Numerous voting areas were strategically positioned around Cayo to bring convenience to the voters. Election officers were present in some of these areas to ensure smooth coordination. Returning Officer for Cayo North Marcello Winsor exited today from a short meeting with representatives from both the PUP and UDP at the polling station in Bullet Tree Falls to encourage calmness.
Homeage held in Benque Viejo del Carmen for former teacher
As part of the ‘Finados’ celebrations or ‘All Souls Day’, prayers were held in homage to former teacher Benedicto Ramirez at the House of Culture in Benque Viejo del Carmen on Monday of this week. Students from both the Mopan Technical High School and the Mount Carmel Primary School were present to remember Benedicto Ramirez, who died on April 15, 2014.
A female from Mount Carmel Primary School lit one of the four candles at the altar of Benedicto Ramirez. According to Ingrid Can, assistant coordinator at the Benque House of Culture, the four candles at the altar represents the cardinal point to guide the good spirits of our dead relatives who come to feast on what is served at the altar. The tradition being carried forward is a Maya-Mestizo tradition, in which it is believed that the food served at the altar should be the favorite of the persons when they were alive.
Belize Athletics Association to hold National Track and Field Championship
The Belize Athletics Association invites all athletes and track enthusiasts once again to be a part of a National Track and Field Championship event. The event will be hosted at the Marion Jones Sports Complex on the 14-15 November, 2015.
All athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events.
Registration forms can be obtained from and returned to the BAA via email ( [email protected]) or from our Face Book page (Belize Athletics Association). Registration forms can also be obtained from and returned to the National Sports Council’s offices throughout the country.
Please be advised that registration forms should be submitted no later than Wednesday 11 November, 2015; no late registrations will be accepted. Cost of registration is $10.00 per athlete.
Events will include:
100m 200m 400m
800m 1500m 5000m
10,000m 4x100m 4x400m
Long Jump Triple Jump High Jump Javelin Shot put Discus
Wesley College boys win basketball opener
The Central Region Secondary Schools Basketball competition for school year 2015-2016 continued over the last week with a number of games on the schedule.
On Thursday 29 October, 2015, in the female competition game played, Gwen Lizarraga High School defeated Wesley College by the score of 19-13. The top scorer for Gwen Lizarraga High School was Amber Usher with7 points. For Wesley College, the top scorer was Kristy Terry with 8 points.
In the male game, Wesley College defeated Nazarene High School by the score of 66-51. The top scorers for Wesley College were Shaquille Crawford with 22 points and Tevaun Lennan with 15 points.
Meanwhile, the top scorers for Nazarene High School were Shaqueem Valerio with 17 points and Jayden Humes with 11 points.
The competition continued on Friday 30 October, 2015, with two more games on the schedule. In the female game, Maud Williams High School edged out Ladyville Technical High School by the score of 37-36. The top scorers for Maud Williams High School were Latifa Ferguson with 19 points and Ashley Bailey with 15 points.
Belmopan Bandits maintain lead in Premier League Competition
The Premier League of Belize Opening Season Tournament continued over the last week end with three games on the schedule.
On Sunday 1 November, 2015, out at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town, the visiting Belize Defence Force edged the defending national football champions, Verdes FC by the score of 2-1.
The Belize Defence Force was the first to get onto the scoreboard when James Flores scored the 1st goal of the game in the 32nd minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead.
At the end of the first half of the game, the Belize Defence Force was able to maintain the 1-0 lead.
In the second half of the game, the defending national football champions Verdes FC managed to get unto the scoreboard when Gilroy Thurton scored the equalising goal in the 51st minute of play.
Julian Cho Technical High School to host National Volleyball championships
The National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) National Volleyball championship, which is co-sponsored by Bowen and Bowen Ltd., and SOL Belize will take centre stage on November 6-7, 2015, out in the Toledo District.
The National Volleyball championship will feature the champions in the female and male division from the four regions that makes up the National Secondary Schools Sports Association and will be hosted by Julian Cho Technical High School.
The games will commence on Friday 6 November, 2015, and will conclude on Saturday 7 November, 2015.
The teams that have earned the right to participate in the national championship includes from the Northern Region Muffles College (female and male); from the Central Region St. Catherine Academy (female) and St. John’s College (male); from the Western Region Belmopan Comprehensive High School (female) and Sacred Heart College (male) and from the Southern Region Stann Creek Ecumenical College (female) and Toledo Community College (male).
Save Us From This Political Disorder, Kids
Until individuals demonstrate character and moral literacy, we cannot eliminate the anger and disrespect in political debate. Although some would recommend forming policies that would force candidates to be more respectful, what we need is a more thorough teaching of the character trait, honesty, to this generation. To be honest is to be real, genuine, and authentic. Honest people express respect to themselves and others, while dishonest people do not. Consequently, politics today is based around the backbiting slandering of candidates. The future of politics depends on approaching moral and value-based generations.
Kids are taught with more emphasis on their achievements and accomplishments rather than their journey of becoming a person of integrity. And there lies the problem. Although students take many standardized tests per year, they focus solely on students' academic achievements, while the building of moral character is often overlooked. It's no doubt that an academically successful student can benefit the overall development of a country; however, without the surety of developing a code of conduct, students are expected to act with a negative character. Neglecting character development will lead to the instability of a person, meaning that person will fall into the category of a Band-Wagoner. By not being a critical and independent thinker, one can follow a negative wave of action, resulting in a degrading display of one’s character.
Man stabbed in Cayo by Blue Angels Night Club
One male person met his demise and another two were injured during brawls outside the Blue Angels Night Club in San Ignacio Town over the weekend. At about 4:14 am on Sunday of this past weekend, information was received of a fight in front of the Blue Angels Night Club on Hudson Street in San Ignacio. Checks in the immediate area revealed people dispersing and one male person was found with injures, who was taken to the San Ignacio Police Station, then transported to the hospital. Whilst said person was being transported to the hospital, Police received another report of a male person by the steps of Bismillah Furniture Shop.
Upon checking, San Ignacio Police was able to determine that the person was motionless and had stab wounds to the chest area. The scene was processed by Police and the body transported to the San Ignacio Town Hospital, where it was pronounced dead on arrival.
Further investigation revealed that the body was that of 20 year old Iter Espino, a Guatemalan resident of Buena Vista Village. From information gathered, it was determined that Iter Espino was socializing at the Blue Angels Night Club and after the establishment had closed came in the company of his friend Franklin Garcia, 20 years old also of Buena Vista Village.
Twin brothers shot in Belmopan
A pair of twin brothers, 26 year-old Elvis Godoy Sr., and Josel Godoy, along with Elvis’ 5 year-old son, Elvis Jr., are very fortunate to be alive after a failed execution attempt was made on their lives on Saturday night, October 31.
The family reports that the two brothers were sitting on a makeshift bench at their home in the Salvapan area of the City of Belmopan. They were socializing when 5 year-old Elvis Jr. ran out of the house carrying his favorite handheld video game. He intended to go to his father, but that’s when 2 men wearing masks over their face, arrived in front of the house. Immediately as they stopped, the pair pulled out weapons and unloaded about 12 shots at the family. Both Josel and Elvis Godoy Sr. were seriously injured, and so was 5 year-old Elvis Jr. One of the bullets struck him as well.
Ignatius Williams charged for attempted murder
Police have cracked the case of a stabbing incident that occurred last weekend in the Saint Martin’s area. Ignatius Williams, 21, has been charged for a stabbing incident that has left Jerome Locke, 22, in a critical but stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Locke’s mother, Melita Flores, spoke to court reporters on Monday, November 2. She said her son was stabbed with a dagger once to the upper left side of his chest on Friday, October 23 and remains hospitalized. She said he collapsed twice and was rushed to the hospital with an object lodged in his chest. He was stabalized after emergency surgery. Doctors told his mother that him being alive is a miracle since the injury was just over his heart. Locke was placed on machine to assist in breathing but his condition has improved and he is now breathing on his own. Locke said her son told her from his hospital bed that Ignatius Williams, who is a friend of his friends, stabbed him because of an incident that ocurred 7 months ago at the BTL Park.
Howard Smith Nazarene Primary School in Benque gets new toilet block
Howard Smith Nazarene Primary School in Benque Viejo del Carmen now has a new toilet block for its 456 students and 25 members staff. The new toilet block was recently opened and comes courtesy of the efforts of the San Ignacio Rotary Club and Rotary International. A majority of the funds for the toilet facilities is also coming from a Rotary partner in Fairbanks, Alaska. Doing the cutting of the ribbon was Patrick Karney from District 4250, Ardulfa Velasquez, Principal of the Howard Smith Nazarene Primary School as well as Michael Pollen from the Rotary Club of Fairbank Alaska.
Present to witness the opening of the new facilities was Luis Carballo, the Principal Education Officer in charge of the Cayo District, Raymond Shepphard, Local Manager as well as the Reverend Werner Cano.
According to Principal Ardulfa Velasquez, for many years the Howard Smith School was faced with many challenges as it related to bathroom facilities and location. The former bathrooms had been constructed at the entrance of the school and with poor ventilation. This became a hazard to visitors, teachers and students. Fortunately in June of last year, the Principal was approached by Patrick Karney from the Rotary District 4250, who advised that a Rotary group in Alaska was interested in assisting with the school’s bathroom project.
Putting some PUP candidates under the microscope
Dear voters of Belize, as November 4, 2015 draws nearer, it is important for us to get to know for whom we are voting for. Here I have a short list of some PUP candidates that you need to know so that you should BEWARE when you go to the polls on said date.
FRANCIS FONSECA (Freetown)
HE’S DANGEROUS FOR BELIZE! He’s not about serving people, but about serving himself. For him it’s all about power and greed for money. As Attorney General he was privy to the Secret Accommodation Agreement which Said Musa signed with the Ashcroft Empire that caused tens of millions of dollars in losses in the form of tax exemption. These monies could have been used for Health, to equip all our hospitals and clinics countrywide with dialysis machines for Belizeans with renal problems. He said nothing and did nothing to advise then Prime Minister Musa not to sign said agreement. In fact he along with Musa signed on to the agreement.
As leader of the PUP, he can’t even run and manage his party. How can the people of Belize expect him to manage the affairs of state? With Francis Fonseca at the helm of the ship of state, Ralph Fonseca will surely be the chief captain of the ship. FRANCIS IS NOT AN OPTION. Dr. Carla Barnett is the best candidate to lead Freetown to prosperity.
In February 2013 the IMF engaged in a tax reform exercise on Belize ready
In February 2013 the IMF engaged in a tax reform exercise on Belize. Coming out of that report was the IMF’s stern warning that GOB should decrease the Income Tax threshold to 13,000, broaden the GST tax base by converting all ZERO RATED items to rated items. GOB should tax capital gains, interest and dividends, and should consider taxing mobile air time.
PM Barrow resisted the IMF and categorically stated that he will refuse to institute any new taxes or any increase in tax. Instead he vowed to let the Superbond lapse thereby forcing the bond holders to renegotiate. The IMF and the Leader of the Opposition barked at this notion. Francis Fonseca in his usual cry baby style warned that the International Organizations will shun Belize and our credit ratings will take a beating.
PM Barrow despite serious warnings from the IMF and the IMF’s desire to have Belize on a standby arrangement, went ahead and successfully restructured the BOND. The PM had always maintained that he cannot afford to tax the Belize public with such an albatross. The Superbond was successfully restructured in March 2013, earning Belize around $500 million in savings.
World Food Day celebrated in Belize
A one day celebration of World Food Day was held on Friday of last week at the Mopan Technical High School in Benque Viejo del Carmen. The event should have been held on October 16th, which is recognized around the World as World Food Day, but it had to be postponed due to inclement weather. Some 21 schools from the Primary and Secondary School levels visited the Mopan School and had an opportunity to visit many booths related to food and agriculture. Students were also able to visit a fish pond and broad leaf vegetable plots thanks to the Taiwanese Technical Mission.
For this year World Food Day is being celebrated under the Theme, “Social Protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty.”
Social protection can be defined as a range of solutions, often combined with each other, such as work opportunities, provision of food, money and services that are designed to support the vulnerable and help them move out of hunger and poverty. In Belize we have the Building Opportunities for Our Social Transformation BOOST Program, which provides a financial incentive to families, who immunize and send their children to school and has been recognized by World Bank experts as a model project for the developing World.
Veola Pook soon to be free
Veola Pook, 57, will be a free woman in less than two years even though she was convicted of murder on July 8, 2011 and sentenced to life imprisonment on July 20, 2011 for killing her common-law-husband, Orlando Vasquez, 49, on December 31, 2008 in Rancho Dolores Village.
At the time of the incident Pook was a housewife of Rancho Dolores. Vasquez, who lived with Pook in a common-law-relationship, was set on fire at around 6:00 p.m., just minutes after he stepped into his kitchen to eat his traditional ham that had been prepared. He got no ham; instead, the prosecution claims that Pook set him on fire then stood there and watched him burn to death.
Pook’s daughter, Violet Jeffords, testified that on that day she heard a loud scream and ran outside by her kitchen door to see where the screaming was coming from. That’s when she saw the fire. The flame was coming from out of her mother’s kitchen, said Jeffords. Unable to see properly from her kitchen door, Jeffords then ran to where the blaze was coming from and that’s when she saw her brother assisting her stepfather by throwing water on him because he was on fire. During the incident, Jeffords testified that her mother just stood there and did nothing. Another witness for the prosecution was Evan Pook, a cousin to the accused, who testified that after the incident he visited the family yard and called for help.
3 convicted of Salvation Army burglary
Three out of a group of five men have been convicted of burglary and handling stolen goods in relation to the breaking and entering of the Salvation Army Primary School in July of 2011. Charles Middleton, 19, Juan Bardalez, 20, and Elmer Linarez, 23, were found guilty by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on Tuesday, November 3.
All but one of the accused were minors at the time of the incident. Sometime between June 24 and 28, 2011 people broke into the Salvation Army’s Computer Lab and stole a number of computers and accessories. Police were able to get credible information; including a confession statement from the youth identified as the ring leader, Charles Middleton. On July 28, 2011, Bardalez, Linarez and others were allegedly found in possession of some of the stolen items. Middleton was charged with burglary, while Bardalez, Linarez, Dixon Montero and Cruz Allen were charged with handling stolen goods.
Cop Freed of Gun Assault Charge ready
Police Constable Linsdale Blease, 33, is free from a charge of discharging a firearm in public after Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith told him that he has no case to answer to on Thursday, October 29. Blease was arrested and charged in February of this year after his own step-brother, Cordel Duran, accused him of discharging a firearm in public.
Cordel Duran told the court that he was between mile 25 and 26 on the George Price Highway when he was approached by PC Blease who pulled out a gun, fired a shot at his foot then placed the gun at his chest. Two other witnesses, fire fighters, who were in the area testified that they saw when PC Blease came to the area but didn’t see him assault Duran in anyway. They said that PC Blease pointed the firearm at a burning bus and fired a shot in the back but he never pointed it at anyone. It was not until during the trial that it was revealed that PC Blease and the victim were related since Blease’s mother lives with Duran’s father.
SHOOTING MURDER RISE…
Darwin Guerrero, a 26 year-old hardworking father of 2, was brutality gunned down and killed in a broad-daylight shooting on Bella Vista Street in San Ignacio Town. He was working on Tuesday, November 3, on one of the concrete streets being upgraded when his life was taken from him.
According to eyewitnesses, Guerrero was on the job taking a slight break at around 8 a.m. when a man drove up on an all-terrain vehicle and pulled out a gun. He allegedly saw the gunman and recognized him, and as soon as he turned away to try to flee, he was shot several times in the back. That gunman sped away, leaving Guerrero to slowly expire on the job site. He was rushed to San Ignacio Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.
Guillermo Silva, 19, Charged for Carnal Knowledge of Girl, 15
A teenager is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after he was charged for engaging in sexual activities with his 15-year-old girlfriend, who is a resident of a child care centre.
Guillermo Silva, 19, a farmer and resident of #167 Antelope Street Extension was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith to answer to a single charge of sexual assault. Silva was unrepresented in court and no plea was taken from him. Due to the nature of the offense, he was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until December 16, 2015.
St. Catherine Academy and St. John’s College repeats as Central Region Secondary Schools Volleyball champions
The 2015-2016 Central Region Secondary Schools Volleyball competition came to an end on Wednesday 28 October, 2015, with the second and final game in the best of three championship series.
In the female championship game, defending champions and the competition’s favourite St. Catherine Academy captured its 20th Consecutive Central Region Secondary Schools Volleyball championship when it defeated Belize High School in four sets by the score of 25-26, 23-25, 25-9 and 25-15.
In the male championship, it was St. John’s College that captured yet another school title when it defeated Belize High School in four sets by the score of 21-25, 25-18, 25-13 and 25-15.
On Monday 26 October, 2015, in the first game of the female championship series, St. Catherine Academy defeated Belize High School quite handily in three sets by the score of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-10.
Breaking Belize News
Two men charged with 13 counts of possession of false documents
Mark Rosales and Marcos Basto, two residents of San Pedro, Corozal, who allegedly had false Belizean certificates of registration, were charged with 13 counts of possession of false documents when they appeared today before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. They pled not guilty to the charges. Magistrate Rogers explained to […]
Prime Minister Barrow is sworn in
Re-elected Prime Minister Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow was sworn in this afternoon by his Excellency Governor General Sir Colville Young. During a press conference earlier today, Prime Minister Barrow informed that he will begin the process of selecting his third Cabinet. With 19 confirmed seats in the House of Representatives, […]
Police charge man for Election Day shooting in Belize City
22 year old Trevor Yarde, Junior, was one of two victims of violence on election day, after he was shot and injured on Freetown Road. Details are scarce but police have made a quick arrest. Malcolm Jamal Myers is charged with attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm and […]
The Elections and Boundaries Department has released its preliminary results following yesterday’s General Elections, which showed that the United Democratic Party (UDP) secured 19 seats, forming government for the third consecutive term and making history, while the People’s United Party (PUP) secured 11 seats and the Belize Progressive […]
PUP to select new leader as Fonseca steps down
While not doing so right away, leader of the People’s United Party (PUP) Francis Fonseca intends to step aside following a fourth consecutive election loss this year, and second election in his four year tenure. Fonseca told reporters the party would now organize a special convention to elect it’s […]
Relatively moist and unstable conditions supporting showery weather over some areas
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is predicting cloudy skies with sunny breaks today and cloudy skies at times tonight. Some showers or thunderstorms will affect mainly the coast this morning, then mostly northern districts this afternoon, with showers decreasing somewhat tonight. Winds will be blowing from the East-Northeast at 5-15 […]
PM addresses press, recommits to working for Belize
A victorious Dean Barrow will be sworn in this afternoon in Belmopan for his third and likely final term in the post but first he addressed the press and party supporters in Belize City this morning. With 19 confirmed seats and a possible 20th still in dispute, the returning Prime […]
Belize: Post Election View, From Under The Bus
Belize held its 8th general elections after Independence yesterday. For the first time since Independence in 1981, a party and prime minister has won three general elections in a row. Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his United Democratic Party (UDP) has gained ground, winning at least 19 of […]
My Election Day in Belize: A Bit of Rain and a UDP Victory
Yesterday, in a drive through town at about 2:30pm, JUST before some rain started to fall…I took some photos of the proceedings. Many were voting, many were gathered but things were rather low key…
Here is what I saw. NB: I can not vote. I have been able to apply for citizenship for a few years now and NEED TO GET ON THAT! I was pretty bent out of shape yesterday that I couldn’t…but it’s my own fault. I, instead, congratulated everyone with a purple finger. And I saw lots of them.
Even the toll booth at the bridge was closed for elections. Free passage to the polls.
The expate life: Coping with the revolving door of ‘forever friends’
If you are living the expate life, you’ve all been there: Those friends you made for life just announced plans to move to yet another country or back home and, well, it has been terrific. Good bye.
Sure, there is always Facebook.
But, seriously. That hurts, more than a little.
Jerry Jones knows about the little hurts of the comings and goings in Expatland. (I’m not talking about the Jerry Jones of the 2-5 Dallas Cowboys. That is a whole other person and a whole other pain, if you are a Cowboy fan.)
Jones lived in China for seven years where he helped bewildered expats navigate the often perplexing culture. Now he does the same from the states. He is a culture transition coach.
On his blog, The Culture Blend, Jones has just written about that part of the expat life that you rarely hear about before making your big move — the revolving door of friends and community that can keep you off balance if you don’t quickly ground yourself.
“It is a big painful part of the expat experience though,” writes Jones. “Transition that is. Not the expected ones like ‘culture shock,’ bumbling language mistakes and system conversions. We saw those coming from a mile away (1.60934 kilometers). We read books and blogs about those. Some of us even went to seminars and conferences about how to ‘transition well.’ ”
Poppy Appeal Dinner at El Fogon
The Royal British Legion (RBL) is an organization that provides financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependents. They are committed to helping everyone understand the importance of remembrance so that sacrifices are never forgotten. Because of their great commitment, The Poppy Appeal Campaign helps raise money to provide thousands of veterans and their families with vital support.
In San Pedro, The Royal British Legion is most greatly represented by the efforts and contributions of Jim and Jamila Janmohamed. They are both outstanding individuals in the community and, fortunately for us, Jamila is a phenomenal cook, as well!
Jim and Jamila were holding their annual Poppy Appeal Dinner at El Fogon and we couldn’t be more keen on this event when we heard about it. We called to reserve our tickets, hopped in the golf cart and headed out to retrieve our golden tickets.
The $100BZ contribution entitled each ticket holder to a four course Indian meal prepared by Jamila herself! If you don’t like Indian food, I feel sorry for you, but this was very exciting to us.
Let me quickly mention that in the 5-6 years we have been coming down to San Pedro, we have never been to El Fogon Restaurant. Not because we haven’t heard wonderful things about it and the fantastic local food represented within it’s walls. It’s because of this one word – gibnut. You can read about the gibnut here. Trust me……..I will eventually give it a shot. I just have to get myself psyched up for that “special” day.
To “Mexico” from San Pedro,Ambergris Caye, Belize.
What to do on National Election Day in Belize? That was the burning question for me as Wednesday 4 November drew ever closer.
Well I’d obviously – as a member of the British Commonwealth – be voting. I’m proud to have the priviledge of being able to vote in this wonderful country that has allowed us to call it our home and I was damned sure that I would be exercising it. But that would only take 15 to 20 minutes. What else would I fill the day with?
Estel’s Dine By the Sea, with its decision not to open on National Election Day, had deprived me (I forgive you though Charles) of one of my ‘look forward to’ sections of the day.
So, after casting my vote I could of course return home, have breakfast and then resume battle with the weeds in our garden. That could easily see me through until the kick-off time of the away leg of Arsenal’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich. Actually it could probably see me through until the end of the football season!
1. Prepare 4 cups of cooked rice according to package instructions
2. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
3. Add onion, garlic, peas, corn, shallots, and carrots. Stir fry until tender.
4. Crack eggs into pan and scramble, mixing throughout vegetables.
5. Add rice, chicken, prawns & bacon to pan.
6. Stir in soy sauce and remove from heat.
Tip: you can also add
thinly sliced beef strips
Packed House, Sunset Smiles and tasty Enchiladas
It has been a busy food week so far. First off was the 5th annual re-opening of Casa Picasso; one of the most anticipated food events of the year. I got there a bit later than I wanted to and it was slam packed. Thankfully Lori and Leisa had secured a good spot outside.
It felt like there were easily a couple hundred people there and according to their Facebook page, Chef Jeff and his crew sent out over 1200 appetizers throughout the night. It’s no surprise that not a morsel of food was left. The Bar was extremely busy all night long serving up their specialty cocktails.
Funny moment of the night – Leisa decided to text Cowboy Doug to go get us a round of drinks. She could hear him and thought he was inside, closer to the bar. Not long after the crowd cleared a bit, she realized he was sitting outside at a table less than a stone’s throw behind us – it was that packed.
Lori and I made an executive decision to brave the inside crowd and swim upstream for drinks 😀 She got served first as she and Leisa had regular cocktails. Since I was getting special order, I had to line up for Jason so he could make me a virgin cucumber cocktail – it was very yummy.
Ghosts in the machine (well, it is an iPod)
Did you ever scan through your digital photo library and stop on an image to wonder “How the hell did that get in there?”
And I’m not talking about naked selfies.
I’m referring to “ghosts.” Images that bear no relationship to the ones before, nor the ones that follow.
For example, suppose you just took 12 photos of a snowy egret in a lovely, colorful, natural setting. And there — right there! — in Frame #7 is a strange . . . well . . . what the heck is that anyway? You don’t know, so you hit delete. End of story.
I’m speaking hypothetically, of course.
With me, it is never the end of the story, but the beginning.
Top 10 Holiday Trips To Book Now, According To Kayak
Airfare is cheaper this year than last, and will only continue to drop through January 2016. So why aren't you booking a trip to somewhere right this second?
Maybe you're not sure where to visit. Well, according to travel booking site Kayak, there are some key destinations around the world where airfare is especially less expensive right now. To gather the list, Kayak's Holiday Travel Hacker pulled together the destinations with the biggest decrease in median airfare this holiday season vs. last holiday season.
Though the escapes featured below might not be considered "budget" locations, savvy travelers will consider this holiday season one of the best times to finally book tickets for that once-in-a-lifetime trip. Belize: Enjoy the beaches and explore Mayan ruins with airfare that's 20 percent less expensive this year.
NAU students dig into history and conserve archaeological sites in Belize
Northern Arizona University students are credited with preserving archaeological sites in Belize and supporting that country’s economy, where one in four jobs is related to tourism.
Eight undergraduates and two graduate students spent the summer months in Belize doing excavations, which included a structure at Xunantuknich, an ancient Maya site near the Guatemala border.
“This work not only conserves cultural heritage, but it also creates jobs, contributes to national identity and is educational,” said Jaime Awe, an assistant professor of archaeology.
In addition to the archaeological tenets of excavation, students learned about preservation. Maya built with lime plaster, a combination of sand, water and lime, which deteriorates when exposed to rain and algae.
OAS mission highlights civic spirit in Belize general elections
The electoral mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) that observed the general elections in Belize on Wednesday noted the civic spirit of the people of the country shown in a peaceful and successful election day. The mission congratulated the country on the vote, in which 71 percent of registered voters cast their ballots. The EOM/OAS recommended a re-registration of voters, and adjustments to electoral boundaries, among other issues.
In a preliminary report, the chief of mission, Jacinth Henry-Martin, on Thursday noted the preparations made by the country’s electoral authorities ahead of the election that led to “a generally inclusive and clean electoral process.”
Man has parasite removed from under his skin after holiday to Belize
Michael Fussell from Baltimore, knew something wasn’t right when he returned home from his holiday with a growing bulge under his skin.
What he didn’t know, was that it was caused by a parasite that had made a home in his flesh.
A trip to the doctor revealed that it was in fact a botfly, which was causing the swelling.
Mr Fussell had to have the a small incision made in his skin so that the slimy little creature could be removed as soon as possible.
Warning, the result footage is not for the faint-hearted.